Want to live longer? Try going for a run. We know that running is good for our health because it can do everything from boost your mood to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, but new research confirms that pounding the pavement can actually help you live longer too.
In a new study, researchers analyzed data from 14 previous studies involving more than 230,000 people whose health has been tracked for 5.5 to 35 years. They found that pretty much any amount of running - even just one run a week that’s less than 50 minutes - lowered the participant’s risk of early death from any cause by 27%. And running also led to a 30% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease and a 23% lower risk of death from all types of cancer.
And you don’t even have to be a speedy runner to reap these benefits. Researchers found that running at a speed below six miles per hour (a 10-minute mile) offers the same results as those associated with higher “doses” of running. So even if you don’t have a lot of time to spend exercising, lacing up your sneakers for a short weekly run can help you stick around longer.